KCMN Member Milbank Manufacturing in the news

When Milbank’s traditional product line was impacted by the construction industry slowdown, they developed a new product offering  – wind turbine components.   To highlight their new product line, Milbank has installed a wind turbine at their training facility – the first wind turbine to be installed in Kansas City.   Milbank’s efforts were recognized with a feature story on NBC Action news.   To view the clip, click here.

Congratulations to Lavon Winkler, CEO, and Eric Krichbaum, COO and KCMN advisory board member, and the team at Milbank!

Sales and Operations Planning: The Missing Ingredient to Improved Efficiency?

Presentation and Discussion
KCMN May Meeting

While productivity and efficiency gains are a frequently mentioned goal of KCMN members, those gains are harder to achieve when trying to forecast in an uncertain environment.

A formal definition of Sales & Operations Planning is function of setting the overall level of manufacturing output (production plan) and other activities to best satisfy the current planned levels of sales (sales plan and/or forecasts), while meeting general business objectives of profitability, productivity, and competitive customer lead times. Another definition is the answer to the question, “How do you reconcile what sales says they’re going to sell with what we need to produce?”

KCMN will feature sales and operations planning expert John Boyer who will discuss the process of Sales and Operations planning. Desired results include asset utilization, cost management, and on-time shipment performance. This presentation includes the what-why-who-when fundamentals of S&OP, and its application and lessons learned from implementation at Milbank Manufacturing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Training Center – 5601 Gardner Kansas City, MO  64120

Parking is in the paved parking lot (look for the big wind turbine). Entrance to the training center is off of this parking lot (sign is over the door)


7:45 AM  Welcome and Overview of Milbank Manufacturing
8:00 AM  Presentation on Sales and Operations Planning by John Boyer
8:45 AM  Milbank’s Results, lessons learned and future expectations
9:15 AM  Discussion and Q & A

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise are the Network’s sponsoring organizations.

About our Presenters and Host

John E. Boyer, Jr.  PE, CFPIM – President of J.E. Boyer Company, Inc.

John E. Boyer, Jr., PE, CFPIM, is President of J. E. Boyer Company, Inc., a management education and consulting company. John has 38 years experience as a manufacturing professional, consultant, and university educator including Rockwell International, Emerson Electric, and Weber State University. He has completed 40 S&OP design and implementation projects in a wide variety of industries including metal fabrication, electronics, automotive, sporting goods, and healthcare. John has a BS-IE from Lehigh University and an MBA from Utah State University, is a frequent speaker for many professional organizations.

Eric Krichbaum – SR. VP of Operations/COO at Milbank Manufacturing

Eric has 28 years of leadership experience within a manufacturing environment. At Milbank, he has responsibility for the production, logistics/inventory management, procurement, product engineering and environmental, health and safety functions. Eric has been a valued leader in the implementation of lean and change management principles, strategic planning and supporting business processes and organizational structures resulting in improved operational performance. He promotes an environment that values a culture of learning, achieving results and continuous improvement through the active engagement of all employees.

About Milbank Manufacturing

Milbank builds solutions that move electrical power for the residential, commercial, industrial, utility and transportation sectors. Milbank combines over 80 years of expertise in electrical distribution with a commitment to develop and globally implement sustainable, integrated power solutions. Milbank’s portfolio includes electric metering systems, commercial and industrial enclosures and control products and PowerGen™ wind and solar solutions, stand-by and portable power. A third-generation, family-owned business, Milbank Manufacturing Company is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, please visit www.milbankmfg.com or www.milbankpowergen.com.